Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Tide's McCarron Draws Praise from Archie Manning

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Tide's McCarron Draws Praise from Archie Manning

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TUSCALOOSA | The most legendary quarterback to ever put on an Ole Miss uniform has gotten a close look at a University of Alabama quarterback whose legacy has only begun to form.

And Archie Manning likes what he's seen of AJ McCarron.

McCarron has been the last two summers to the Manning Passing Academy, a Thibodeaux, La., camp that draws many of the nation's top college quarterbacks each year. Manning, whose NFL quarterback sons Peyton and Eli are heavily involved with the camp as well, said he's noticed significant improvement in the Crimson Tide's junior signal- caller.

"I don't think there is any question AJ came back a more confident quarterback this year," Manning said. "From year one to year two at the camp, you could see he was more sure of himself. And of course he throws the ball extremely well."

McCarron ranks fourth in the NCAA in pass efficiency with a rating of 188.6, and has yet to throw an interception this season. He is completing 63 percent of his passes and has thrown for 10 touchdowns. …

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